UT AgResearch sets field days for 2011

UT AgResearch sets field days for 2011

Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 8:03 pm

KNOXVILLE — University of Tennessee AgResearch will continue outreach efforts in 2011 with a long list of field days and other special events that mirror the diverse agricultural landscape of Tennessee.
From beef cattle, row crops and forestry to gardening, turf management and organic crop production, UT AgResearch field days cover topics important to our state’s farmers, landowners, and lawn and gardening enthusiasts alike.
Field days are typically devoted to a specific aspect of agricultural production and are held at the 10 AgResearch and Education Centers (RECs) scattered across the state. At these events, UT scientists along with experts from other universities and the private sector present workshops on the featured topics. In addition to the educational presentations, field day visitors can also see agricultural studies first hand, tour research facilities and, at most events, enjoy an industry trade show.
The upcoming year will feature 11 field days and four special events.
The schedule is as follows:
• Organic Crops Field Tour, April 28, 7:30 a.m., East Tennessee REC-Organic Unit in Knoxville
• Beef & Forage Field Day, June 9, 7 a.m., East Tennessee REC-Blount Unit in Knoxville
• Fruits of the Backyard, June 14, 8:30 a.m., Middle Tennessee REC in Spring Hill
• Tobacco, Beef & More, June 23, 7:30 a.m., Highland Rim REC in Springfield
• Summer Celebration, July 14, 10 a.m., West Tennessee REC in Jackson          
• Steak & Potatoes, Aug. 2, 8 a.m., Plateau REC in Crossville
• Cotton Tour, Sept. 7, 8 a.m., West Tennessee REC in Jackson
• Turfgrass, Sept, 15, 7:30 a.m., East Tennessee REC-Plant Science Unit in Knoxville
• Forest Resources, Sept. 27, 8 a.m., FRREC in Oak Ridge                 
• Pumpkin Field Day, Sept. 29, 1 p.m., West Tennessee REC in Jackson
• Northeast Tennessee Beef Expo, Oct. 13, 7:30 a.m., REC in Greeneville
The special events include the following:
• Blooms Days, May 7-8 (9 a.m. and 10 a.m., respectively), UT Gardens in Knoxville
• Fall Gardeners’ Festival, Aug. 30, 10 a.m., Plateau REC in Crossville
• Heritage Festival, Oct. 8, 9 a.m., REC at Ames Plantation in Grand Junction
• Fall Folklore Jamboree, Oct. 15, 9 a.m., REC in Milan.                         
All field days and special events are open to the public and most are free.

Published in The Messenger 3.29.11

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